Iran Human Rights (IHR); January 14, 2021: Two brothers who were sentenced to qisas (retribution-in-kind) for “premeditated murder” during a group fight, have been executed at Ardabil Central Prison.
According to Iran Human Rights, two male prisoners were executed in the early hours of Wednesday, January 13. In the same case, the two brothers had been arrested and convicted of “premeditated murder” during a group fight and sentenced to death around five years ago.
Their identities have been established as Mehdi Feyzi and Moharam Feyzi, who were both around 40 years of age.
At the time of writing, their executions have not been reported by domestic media or officials in Iran.
According to Iran Human Rights’ annual report, at least 225 of the 280 of those executed in 2019 were charged with "premeditated murder."
As there are no legal distinctions made between murder and manslaughter, whether voluntary or involuntary in Iran, those charged under the umbrella term of “premeditated murder” will receive the death penalty regardless of intent and the circumstances.